(Dear Cookie-pals: I had this post drafted and never hit publish and then visitors from out of the country came for a few weeks, and I went to Disney World, and basically life exploded. So, please pretend I actually posted it when I was supposed to… I refuse to skip it because I like the stuff in it too much, so DEAL. And enjoy!)
I love, love, love this translation of a letter from 1911 written by Albert Einstein to Marie Curie. He basically told her to ignore the haters: “I am so enraged by the base manner in which the public is presently daring to concern itself with you,” and goes on to tell her to ignore “that hogwash”… Perfect.
And speaking of public perception and harassment of women: Did you catch The Guardian’s excellent piece, Monica Lewinsky: ‘The shame sticks to you like tar’? I was a young teen when the whole scandal happened, so I can barely remember a time when I didn’t know her name. It basically boggles my mind that she’s less than ten years older than me (and don’t even get me started on the way she’s been treated). It’s a really great read, whether for the Lewinsky parts or the look at online harassment and misogyny.
And because I like a theme and feminism and the lady-justice: I really enjoyed Vox’s Every semi-competent male hero has a more talented female sidekick. Why isn’t she the hero instead? They’ve even got a chart that looks at three key factors: (1) Who is more competent?, (2) Who is captured or defeated by the villain?, and (3) Who saves the day and gets the credit? (Spoiler alert: The women featured are more competent, but somehow always captured/defeated.) Sure, this isn’t every story, but I bet we could think of many, many more that fit the same criteria.
Regardless, as usual, I’m living my best life:
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